Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Earl of Houndstooth

This is houndstooth:

So named because it was created by and for the Earl of Houndstooth for use in the livery worn by the servants in Houndstooth Manor. 

Okay, so that’s not true.  Near as I can tell, houndstooth got it’s name from the fact that the tessellations fit together similarly to how a hound’s teeth fit together.

These are a hound's teeth:

And yes, I can see how houndstooth resembles a hound's teeth, but I still like my story better.  Mostly because I didn’t want to title my post “Looks Like a Dog’s Mouth,” for what I think are obvious reasons.  Even though the true origin of the pattern is rather inglorious, I am a fan of houndstooth.  Mostly in the form of skirts, such as the one I’m wearing today:

This particular skirt would probably actually be called puppytooth (it’s a real thing, trust me), because of the small scale of the pattern, and is handmade vintage (thrifted).  I paired it with an emerald silk blouse (Oscar de la Renta, thrifted (for $2!!)), tights (Spanx), wedge booties (Nine West “Peekaboo” via Piperlime) and a black glass necklace (Juicy Couture via Nordstrom).

Today’s Takeaway: If you’re not a fan of the large-scale houndstooth from this fall and winter, look for a smaller-scale puppytooth piece; it’s more subtle and easier to work with.

Happy Thursday, Everyone!  And because today is Thursday, make sure you check out or link up with Spunky Chateau's Thursday's are for Thrifters Link Party!



  1. I am ridiculously amused by "puppytooth."

    Love that skirt---it's like an Escher image--close up looks one way further looks distinctly different which is super cool.

  2. puppy's tooth? really? you didn't just make that up gracey? cute outfit darling!

  3. I like your story better, too. It's far more colorful, and poetic. =)

  4. Your outfit is divine! Love the blog. New follower! lol!
    I adore the shirt :)

  5. I agree that the smaller houndstooth is easier to work with and I like the flare in your skirt, as well as your made-up story about the origins of houndstooth.

  6. hmmm. yeah, I like your story better. Houndstooth manor? yes, I wouldn't mind being draped in clothes with that pattern!

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

  7. Love it! And the history of houndstooth, too. And VERY jealous of that blouse, although it would probably die a horrible death of dog hair and baby goo in my house. Sigh. It's pretty.

  8. Woah. The effect of viewing that skirt on a monitor is wicked cool. All the different waves of fabulous. I'm not a super houndstoothy person, but I can see why one might become one!

  9. The fact that you got that Oscar de la Renta blouse for $2 just kills me. You look great! Thanks for linking up with Thursdays are for Thrifters!


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